Tour Company

    Overland Travel Adventures

    Pack for a Purpose does not condone visiting orphanages, as this can often lead to negative impacts on children. The accommodation or tour company working with the orphanage will deliver the supplies in a coordinated and respectful way so that the children can benefit from them. Your generosity is not diminished because you do not interact with the children.

    Project #1

    Kiota orphanage supports 20 children ages 4 through 14 years old. We provide children of Thika a better future by offering them better shelter, healthy food, medical attention and decent education. We are establishing that through our children’s home where they have healthy food, clean water, clothing, medical attention, education and loving care


    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, Colored Pencils, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Rulers, and Solar Lantern Lights

    Reference Materials:
    (English, French, and Swahili) Dictionaries

    Flash Cards:
    (English, French, and Swahili) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Wall Charts:
    (English, French, and Swahili) Human Body and Science

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English, French, and Swahili) Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Printers, Printer Cartridges, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and Working Laptops

    Art Supplies:
    Beads for Bead Work and Thread

    Music Instruments:

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer

    First Aid:
    Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids

    New Underwear

    Bath Towels

    Bowls, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, and Plastic Serving Plates

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Bars of Soap, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

    Project #2

    Amani Kibera is a community library in the Kibera slum in Nairobi. Kibera is the largest slum in East Africa with population estimates ranging from 500,000 to 2 million. Students struggle to study at home due to lack of lighting (no electricity) and large families living in one room making it difficult to concentrate. The library provides a space for students to access a quiet place, tutoring, computers with internet access, and reference books.


    Adult Fiction, Arts and Recreation, Early Childhood Development, General Works, Computer Science and Information, History and Geography, Language, ‘Learning-to-Read’ Books, Literature, Philosophy and Psychology, Social Sciences, Technology, Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction, and Young Readers and Teenage Fiction

    Reference Materials:
    (Current) Atlases, Dictionaries, (Current) Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD, and Thesauruses

    Library Supplies:
    Ballpoint Pens, Black Fine Liners, Book Pockets for Date Issued Cards (These can be bought professionally made up), Clear Packing Tape, Clear Sellotape, Date Issued Cards (These can be bought professionally made up), Date Stamp and Inkpad, Due-Date Slip to remind reader when to return book (These can be bought professionally made up), Erasers, Labels, Paper-Cutting Knife, Plastic Covers for Books, Retractable Pencils, Ruler, Scissors, Strong Paper/Cardboard Glue, and Tippex/White-out

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    E-Readers, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and Working Laptops

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of November 25, 2020

    Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

    Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
    • Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
    • The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

    Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.